I had a couple of hours spare this evening so decided to make a start on a new piece. Earlier in the year I started a couple of woodland paintings in acrylics and really enjoyed painting them.

I decided to have a go at underpainting for the first time. Apparently underpainting is a good way to ‘block out’ the painting with tone values before actually adding any true colour. I also thought it may improve the painting surface as I do find the pre-primed canvas tends to suck the paint up hindering flow.

Still waiting for a tube of raw umber to come in the post, I used burnt sienna and diluted it with Sansodor low-odour solvent. I’m not sure how this technique will pan out when I come to block in the actual colours, but I like the fact I have a painting ‘ready to go’.